Created By: originalhobbit on December 27, 2012 Last Edited By: originalhobbit on March 19, 2013
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Magically Regenerating Clothing

Healing not only mends wounds, but clothing and bloodstains as well.

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Was Heals Everything, Including clothing

So you've been injured in some way, and you need immediate healing. Luckily, you have a friend with Healing Hands. He does what he does best, and nurses you back to perfect health in seconds. You look down to admire your friend's handiwork and think "Wow! He's good! My bloodstains are gone, and the puncture mark in my leather jacket is gone too! How does he do it?"

That's the question this trope raises. How do healers launder and repair your clothes, as well as heal your wounds, so quickly? This is commonly seen in fantasy and sci-fi works, and is almost never touched upon. When it is, it's usually Handwaved by the explanation that are just that good. Sometimes Healing Hands don't even have to be involved, characters with a Healing Factor will often display this talent.

When this happens in something drawn, like a Manga or Comic Strip for example, it is so the artist doesn't need to keep drawing the bloodstains and tears in clothing. To avert this, they would need to remember where each bloodstain and clothing tear was located on said character, and then draw it in every subsequent frame involving that clothing. So, unless they are Lampshaded, examples from animation will not be added.

Related to: Magic Pants, Beauty Is Never Tarnished

Seen It a Million Times

Examples:

Live-Action Television
  • Whenever Leo would heal someone in charmed, usually their clothes would "heal" as well.

Film
  • In this deleted scene from Thor, Selvig is wounded by a shard of glass only to be healed by Thor with his "healing stone". The stone not only clears up the wound but patches his cardigan as well

Video Games
  • Team Fortress 2's Meet the Medic video: When the Medic turns the medigun up to full power, it not only heals the Heavy's injuries, but repairs the damage to his jacket.

Web Comics
Elan: But how did it fix my cloak....?
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Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • December 27, 2012
    Astaroth
    Lampshaded as part of a joke in this Order Of The Stick strip:
    Elan: But how did it fix my cloak....?
  • December 27, 2012
    originalhobbit
    Related to Magic Pants.
  • December 27, 2012
    originalhobbit
    • Happens in the end of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As, when Shamal heals up Nanoha and Fate, fixing their tattered combat clothing along the way. It is, however, justified by the nature of said clothing--namely, it is made of the same magical energy that Shamal uses to heal people. It's actually easier to mend clothes than flesh, so it just happens as a nifty side effect.
  • December 27, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Well you can assume that when this happens in something drawn like a Manga or Comic Strip for example, is so the artist doesn't need to keep drawing the bloodstains and tears in clothing. It's an extra step you know, and they need to remember where each bloodstain and clothing tear was located on said character.
  • December 27, 2012
    originalhobbit
    • In this deleted scene from Thor, Selvig is wounded by a shard of glass only to be healed by Thor with his "healing stone". The stone not only clears up the wound but patches his cardigan as well.
  • December 27, 2012
    thewriter
    I think the Charmed example is justified though as Leo's powers were also shown to work on inanimated objects anyway. He used his healing powers to mend the the P3 sign and to fix things around Halliwell Manor whenever a demon attack would cause property damage.
  • December 27, 2012
    spacemarine50
    Compare Beauty Is Never Tarnished But I'm not sure how this and that trope are related.
  • December 28, 2012
    originalhobbit
    Bump, also, does anyone have a better idea for a name for this?
  • December 28, 2012
    Koveras
  • January 2, 2013
    originalhobbit
    Bumpity bump

  • January 2, 2013
    originalhobbit
    • In Quest For Camelot, Garrett is wounded in battle but then healed with a magical leaf, which also magically patches his clothing.
  • January 2, 2013
    Koveras
    ^^ Rolling Updates are usually a better alternative to bumping, as they will just as well bring the YKTTW back to the top page.
  • January 3, 2013
    starguy256
    I like it, but it needs more examples and a better name.
  • January 13, 2013
    originalhobbit
    does anyone have more examples or a better name?

  • January 13, 2013
    originalhobbit
    Also, sorry I haven't updated or posted anything on this lately, I've recently gone back to school and have been very busy.
  • January 14, 2013
    originalhobbit
    Team Fortress 2's Meet the Medic video: When the Medic turns the medigun up to full power, it not only heals the Heavy's injuries, but repairs the damage to his jacket.
  • January 19, 2013
    spacemarine50
    How is this related to Bulletproof Fashion Plate? Also, I'm almost convinced this is just Beauty Is Never Tarnished, be different somehow. Since noone has challenged me...
  • January 19, 2013
    CrystalGamma
    Concerned lampshades this in issue 49.
  • January 19, 2013
    originalhobbit
    Beauty Is Never Tarnished is about how beautiful woman are never scarred from battle, unlike their male counterparts. This is about results of battle damage on clothing (tears in shirts, bloodstains, etc.) being "healed" along with mortal wounds during the healing process. In essence, for this trope to exist, it requires Beauty Is Never Tarnished to first be averted. At least when the person being healed is an attractive woman. Long story short, This isn't about damaged not happening, it's about the results of damage being erased as if they never existed.
  • January 19, 2013
    TheAnswer
    Adveture Time: In the episode with the dungeon and the crystal eyes, Finn suffers Clothing Damage and meets a guardian angel who heals his wounds and clothes. To bad all she wanted was a perfect body for little kid soup.
  • January 21, 2013
    originalhobbit
    Ok, I have examples, I need titles

  • January 21, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In the The Incredible Hulk cartoon series from The Eighties when the Hulk transforms back into Bruce Banner his clothes also transform back into a non-shredded state.
  • January 22, 2013
    Koveras
    ^^ Well, you ignored both my example and my title suggestion. I don't know what else I can do for you...
  • January 22, 2013
    Architect
    ^ Now, I may not be the page starter, but Heal Thy Clothes seems a bit too snowclone-ish. The title doesn't make much sense without first knowing the trope Heal Thyself. I'd suggest something along the lines of Magically Regenerating Clothes. Same effect, basically.
  • January 22, 2013
    originalhobbit
    True, I did want to avoid a snow-clone title. and any examples that were ignored were most likely because I didn't see them, or they were animation examples. Magically Regenerating Clothes might work.
  • January 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    I don't understand why animation isn't being included.
  • January 22, 2013
    originalhobbit
    The hulk example is Magic Pants, and animation examples are not included because of how much attention to detail it would take to avert this trope in animation.
  • January 22, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    How about "Good As New"?

    Another example: in Doom2 the Megasphere gives you 200% Health and 200% Armor- effectively healing you, giving you an extra life's worth of reserve health, AND regenerating your armor to new Megaarmor grade.
  • January 22, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Why don't you just make it "Healing Clothes"? Seems simple enough.

    This is basically a Subtrope of Required Secondary Powers, right?
  • January 22, 2013
    Architect
    ^ Because Healing Clothes simply does not convey the full magical impossibility of this trope. :P
  • January 23, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Anime & Manga:
    • Justified in Bleach. Ichigo's Bankai changes his clothing and in chapter 382 we learn that the clothes actually represent the current amount of his spiritual power. This means that healing him repairs his clothes as well. However, the state of the clothes is tied only to the amount of spiritual power and since restoring spiritual power takes more time than simple healing of wounds, Ichigo's clothes actually "heal" slower than his physical body.
  • January 23, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ The OP doesn't accept animated/drawn examples.
  • January 28, 2013
    Koveras
    Actually, scratch that. Drawn examples are OK (see OOTS) but animated ones are bad... just bad.
  • January 30, 2013
    originalhobbit
    order of the stick is only there because it's lampshaded, other that that situation, for Animation and comics it's a justified trope.
  • January 31, 2013
    CapFox
  • January 31, 2013
    CapFox
    I propose "Like It Never Happened" or "Extensive Restoration" as some possible titles.
  • March 19, 2013
    CapFox
    • In Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Josuke' stand Crazy Diamond ability is to restore destroyed matter and he primarily uses it to heal people completely, including their clothes.
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